Washing machine smoking!

ApplianceGeneral Electric Washer


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers

Erica From Newberry, FL

Sep 25, 2013

My washing machine began smoking one day while on spin cycle. I freaked out and turned every breaker off on the electric panel since I, apparently, forgot how to read during this episode. Once the smoke cleared and my brain power returned I removed the front panel of the machine. After a quick look I decided I saw nothing wrong that I could fix. 24 hours later my brain had returned to normal functioning capacity so I decided to turn the power back on to the washer and see what happened. It was then that I noticed the smoke coming from a black cylinder on the front of the washer. I googled my washer and the VERY helpful diagrams from partselect.com came up showing me this was the capacitor. Since as mentioned previously my brain was now functional again I was able to determine this would be an easy fix, ordered the part, got it 24 hours later (!!!!!) with no special shipping, and installed it in 5 minutes. I feel smart today! Thanks Partselect.com!

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Part Number: PS3406186

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